ECB Governor Calls For Tax on Bitcoin

Ewald Nowotny call governments to regulate bitcoin, labelling the cryptocurrency an object of speculation and a tool for money laundering
03 January 2018   1202

Ewald Nowotny, member of the European Central Bank ’s governing council, said in an interview with German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday that governments should regulate and tax bitcoin, labelling the cryptocurrency an object of speculation and a tool for money laundering.

We need a value-added tax on bitcoin, since it's not a currency. It can't be allowed that we've just decided to stop printing 500-euro notes to fight money laundering, that we've slapped strict rules on every tiny savings club, and then have to watch people blithely laundering money around the globe with bitcoin. One ought to apply what the basic rule is in any other financial transaction: everyone involved should reveal their identity.

 

ECB governing council member

Ewald Nowotny

Nowotny's comments echo those by other ECB officials, who regard the bitcoin's spectacular surge in value as a bubble, rather than a sign it could be a digital competitor to the euro single currency used by its 19 member nations.

Recently, we have reported that the Bank of Israel is considering issuing digital currency in order to create a faster payments system as well as reducing the amount of cash in the economy.

VeriBlock to Report on Mainnet Launch

VeriBlock believes their technology allows networks of other cryptocurrencies to use the bitcoin blockchain to counter the “51% attacks”
21 March 2019   79

Using the bitcoin blockchain to ensure the safety of altcoins, the VeriBlock project announced the launch of the main network. This is reported in a press release.

According to the developers, the VeriBlock technology allows networks of other cryptocurrencies to use the bitcoin blockchain to counter the “51% attacks”. The project is confident that this approach not only ensures the security of less popular networks, but also allows their developers to focus on innovation and functionality.

According to analysts of The Block, 25–45% of bitcoin transactions fall on VeriBlock. The VeriBlock network uses a consensus algorithm called Proof-of-Proof (PoP). The project seeks to ensure the safety of other blockchains by loading a snapshot of the altcoin registry into the BTC blockchain, using the OP_RETURN function and other methods to embed network state data.

The project’s website states that PoP allows altcoin networks to use the most protected Bitcoin blockchain with its Proof-of-Work algorithm.